Friday, September 21, 2007
Fidel Castro in first TV interview since June
Fri Sep 21, 2007 6:29pm EDT
By Anthony Boadle
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban leader Fidel Castro gave his first television interview in more than three months on Friday, state television said, easing speculation that the ailing revolutionary had died or suffered a relapse.
Castro, 81, speaking slowly, appeared little changed from the last time he gave an interview to Cuban state television in early June.
Television presenter Randy Alonso said the nearly hour-long taped interview, which aired on Friday evening, took place earlier in the day.
Castro, who took power in a 1959 revolution, handed over control to his brother Raul Castro on July 31, 2006 after he underwent emergency intestinal surgery, and he has not appeared in public since then.
He has been seen in occasional photographs and videos with visiting foreign leaders and has produced a steady of columns and essays printed by state media over the past six months.
But his failure to appear on his birthday on August 13 fueled already rampant rumors in Miami -- the heartland of exiled opposition to his near five-decade-long rule -- that he had had a major health setback, was on his deathbed or had already died.
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Fidel CastroCon rostro saludable y visiblemente animado el presidente Fidel Castro comparece desde hace unos minutos en la Mesa Redonda Informativa de la Televisión Cubana, vistiendo, como ya es habitual desde su enfermedad, un traje deportivo de marca Adidas en rojo y azul
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A partir de las seis de la tarde el espacio informativo reproduce un diálogo de su conductor Randy Alonso Falcón con el líder cubano, en el que aborda detalles de su última reflexión en los medios del país sobre la etapa de la guerra fría.
El líder revolucionario destacó que muchas personas no tienen idea del enorme y acelerado desarrollo de la ciencia y la tecnología, y los retos que ello significan para la especie humana.
Al cierre de esta información Fidel analizaba tópicos internacionales de gran relevancia, como el incremento inusitado de los precios del petróleo.